Apply to a Graduate Program

To be admitted to an NLU graduate program, you need to apply to the college that offers the program: the National College of Education or the College of Professional Studies and Advancement. Go to the Apply to NLU page to start your application today.

If you prefer to fill out a paper application and mail it to NLU, you can download the application from the Apply to NLU page. If you were previously admitted but haven't registered for classes in more than a year, please submit a re-entry form. If you haven't registered for courses in five years or more, you must re-apply for admission.

If you are only interested in taking courses for professional development, you are not required to submit an admissions application. Contact the Office of Admissions and Records for additional information.

International Students

NLU welcomes students from every country and culture. If English is not your native language, you will need to supply official test scores from one of the following exams: TOEFL, IELTS or CPE. All foreign transcripts must also be translated and evaluated by an approved agency.

Apply for Financial Aid

All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal financial aid. The first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. The NLU school code is 001733. When you are admitted to NLU, the Office of Student Finance will send you an award letter to match your demonstrated financial need.

Questions? Talk to Us

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Graduate Admissions to speak with an admissions counselor.


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU has a proud history of serving graduate students in southeastern Wisconsin. We currently offer all Wisconsin residents online programs in non-licensure education as well as a variety of business-related degrees.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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